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Residential Painting & Carpentry, Preparing for Historic Garden Week

Laura Strickler admits that she enjoys being a do-it-yourselfer.

“I’m confident in my own decorating skills, and I like to paint,” she says. “But I knew I couldn’t do all this.”

“All this” refers to the improvements Strickler wanted to complete before April 26, 2022, when her house will be open to the public during Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.

Strickler says her needs were varied: a refresh on interior walls, repainted kitchen cabinets, and a full exterior paint job – plus accumulated carpentry fixes. Because she had worked with H.J. Holtz & Son on a smaller job years ago, she felt comfortable calling the company again.

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Fixing Painting and Wallpapering Problems – We Always Find a Way

H.J. Holtz & Son Production Manager Kelly Kutchey recalls a recent project in which the Holtz team was hired to correct painting problems in a brand-new house.

“The builder hired a painter for cost-efficiency, and we were called later to fix all sorts of issues,” he said. “The painter hadn’t properly prepared the trim for painting by filling in nail holes and caulking; some areas also clearly weren’t primed. Trim work should always be [painted] using a nice brush; this house trim was painted with a thick roller … it looked like it had 40 coats of paint. The homeowner wasn’t happy.”

Lacquer Paint is the Perfect Fit for This Residential Club Room

Paula Holm called H.J. Holtz & Son because her contractor said so.

Holm and her husband, George, were working with Mark Franko, of Mark Franko Custom Building, to expand their kitchen and add a club room on the lower level, similar to the one they have in their vacation home.

“I knew I wanted to do the lacquer painting,” she says. “Once we started talking about that, Mark said [Rick Holtz was] who we have to talk with. Honestly, we didn’t even consider anyone else. They’re so knowledgeable.”

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External Forces Drive Paint Cost Increases

The same forces that led to runs on basic supplies a year ago – increased demand and blockages in the supply chain – are now driving significant increases in paint cost. H.J. Holtz & Son President Rick Holtz says it’s been hard to watch the steady climb.

Richmond Historic Garden Week 2021

Historic Garden Week 2021, put on by the Garden Club of Virginia, takes place on April 20, 21 and 22. The 2020 tour was canceled for only the second time in history.

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Unusual Residential Painting Jobs Brings Smiles

Unusual residential painting jobs come to us all the time. Our crews find them challenging and fun, so we almost always figure out a way to make the client happy!

Fresh Color Stucco Exterior

Fresh Color for Italianate Stucco Exterior

This Italianate home with stucco exterior was ready for a fresh new look after years of the pink color that made it unique in the neighborhood.

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Small Improvements Make Big Impact on Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is something many people only think about when getting ready to sell. Why wait? Small exterior improvements can make a big impact.

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Residential Exterior Limewash Attracts Attention

Homeowners seeking a whole different look for their house’s exterior need only reach to the past for inspiration. Used throughout history – even by the ancient Egyptians – limewash is an eco-friendly and protective coating that can cover imperfections or simply give new brick “Old World” charm.

Watch our video and see how we do it!